USA Games Orlando 2022

Special Olympics Nevada was proud to send a delegation of athletes and coaches to participate in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.

The USA Games happen just once every four years and bring together athletes from across the country to showcase their skills on a national stage. Team Nevada was comprised of six athletes who competed in track and field, swimming and bowling. Learn more about the USA Games.

We teamed up with the Las Vegas Raiders, the Las Vegas Aces and WWE to surprise each member of Team Nevada with their selection. Check out the heartwarming videos and share in the once-in-a-lifetime experience with our athletes!

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Team Nevada Roster & Results


Head of Delegation
Dominique Christion


Coach: Rebecca Davey


Jackie GilpinJackie G

South Lake Tahoe

Jackie has been involved with Special Olympics for 24 years and has competed in bowling, swimming and skiing. She enjoys meeting new friends through Special Olympics and is proud of learning to become more independent. Jackie enjoys skiing, listening to country music, riding her bike and enjoying the lake with friends.


Jackie's results

Singles: BRONZE

Doubles: 7TH PLACE


Samantha Aslin
Samantha A


Samantha has been a Special Olympics athlete for 25 years and competes in basketball, bowling, bocce, softball, tennis, and track & field. She says that Special Olympics allows her to meet lots of different people and grow as a person. Samantha is an Athlete Leader and Health Messenger for Special Olympics Nevada and enjoys reading, volunteering, and participating in sports. This will be her second USA Games appearance after competing in New Jersey in 2014.


Samantha's results:

Singles: 5TH PLACE

Doubles: 7TH PLACE



Coach: KeriAnne Forbes


Devin Gafney
Devin G

Las Vegas

Devin has been participating with Special Olympics since 2017 and competes in swimming and basketball. He says that Special Olympics provides him with a sense of belonging and increases his self-confidence. Devin participates in multiple social clubs and enjoys riding his bike around the neighborhood.


Devin's results:

25-yard backstroke: 4TH PLACE

50-yard freestyle: 4TH PLACE


Jordan Lechtenberger
Jordan L

Las Vegas

Jordan has been a Special Olympics athlete since 2014 and has competed in swimming and basketball. He says that Special Olympics has given him an opportunity to make new friends and improve his social skills. Devin has worked for Opportunity Village in Las Vegas for three years and has earned several raises and promotions. He enjoys going to the movies, traveling with family, camping and walking his dog.


Jordan's results:

200-yard freestyle: GOLD

100-yard freestyle: 7TH PLACE


Track & Field

Coach: Paul Huppe


Eric Barber
Eric B


Eric has been involved with Special Olympics for 17 years and has competed in track & field, bowling, basketball and flag football. Special Olympics has helped Eric become more outgoing, practice his communication skills and train in the sports that he loves. Eric is proud to work at Walmart and Sonoma Industries, and enjoys puzzles and volunteering.


Eric's results:

Long jump: 5TH PLACE

Shotput: 7TH PLACE

100-meter run: 7TH PLACE


Lakisha Taylor
Lakisha T

Carson City

Lakisha has been a Special Olympics athlete for four years and competes in track & field, basketball, soccer, softball, flag football and bowling. Special Olympics has allowed Lakisha to make new friends, interact with different people, and reach outside of her comfort zone. She works at Goodwill and attends Western Nevada College.


Lakisha's results:

100-meter run: GOLD

Shotput: 5TH PLACE